Dodge City Community College Foundation held its second Annual DCCC Foundation Golf Classic fundraising golf tournament Friday, Aug. 17, at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City.
“This year was another great success, thanks to our 28 generous sponsors, 80 golfers and ideal weather. The money raised this year, $12,000, is going to help fund the new Activities Center project,” said Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation Director. “Our goal was not just for fundraising, but to also raise awareness of the DCCC Foundation and especially Dodge City Community College. Everyone had a great time and quite a few good, or I might say lucky, golfers came away with some nice prizes. I am sorry to say no one hit a hole in one this year to win a new car provided by Magouirk Chevrolet or a new lawn tractor provided by Unruh-Foster John Deere.”
The only golf tournament event that didn’t come off as planned was the helicopter golf ball drop. The pilot flying the helicopter has to have a certain advanced rating and he was out of town.
Dodge City Community College has a very successful helicopter training program, and to showcase the program, people could make a small donation for a numbered golf ball. When the golf balls are dropped from the helicopter at a height of around 500 feet the five closest balls will receive one half of the total donations.
“Our helicopter training program has really gotten off the ground, so to speak,” said Anthony Lyons, VP of Student and Community Services. “This semester we have 75 helicopter flight students combined in all four of our locations: Dodge City; Provo, Utah; Prescott, Arizona; and Scottsdale, Arizona.” Anthony continued, “What’s made our helicopter program such a success is that it’s approved by the Veterans Administration. Any military veteran that would like to train to be a helicopter pilot can take the ground school and flight instruction from Dodge City Community College at any of our locations and have it paid for by the Veterans Administration. We’re also exploring the possibility of not only expanding our flight training program into fixed wing, but also technical training into airframe and power plant.”
The helicopter golf ball drop will take place Saturday, October 27th at half time of the Dodge City Community College vs. Air Force Prep afternoon football game. Golf balls will be dropped onto the practice field just east of Memorial Stadium. The DCCC bookstore and Foundation office still have tickets available. For more information contact Roger Proffitt at (620) 227-9422.